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Insight: Ken Rudin / Robert Reich / Low Wage Workers / "Stevenson's Treasure"


Published May 19, 2014


The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight host Beth Ruyak for our signature segment that puts California politics in the context of the national scene. Rudin joins us from Washington D.C. an in effort to put it all in perspective.

A former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration is bringing his film "Inequality for All" to UC Davis for a screening and live Q&A. In the documentary film, Robert Reich explores the widening gap in income inequality in the United States. Reich is the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Low-wage workers know they have to enhance their skills to escape low-wage jobs, but long hours and multiple jobs make skill-building and education nearly impossible, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis. Joining us to talk more about the research are the authors of the brief, Victoria Smith, a UC Davis professor of sociology and a faculty affiliate for the Center for Poverty Research, and Brian Halpin, a graduate student in sociology at UC Davis.

Sacramento writer Mark Wiederanders' novel "Stevenson's Treasure" is about "Treasure Island" author Robert Louis Stevenson's wild dash to California in 1879 to court the love of his life, Fanny Osbourne, an American he met in France. Unfortunately, Fanny was already (unhappily) married to a well-known San Francisco citizen with whom she had two children. Young Stevenson, unknown at the time, risked everything on his high-stakes, scandalous journey: rejection by his parents, financial ruin, loss of friends and life itself (having bad lungs, at least twice his California journey took him close to death). Wiederanders joins us to talk about the book ahead of an appearance at Face in A Book bookstore Friday. He'll also be at the Avid Reader in Sacramento June 7.


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